spotInternational figures

spotLabour Party figures

spotLefts

spotMiscellaneous

spotNationalists

spotOther UK politicans

spotSocialist Party and CWI public figures

spotTory figures

spotTrade union figures

spotTransport

spotWriters and artists


All keywords


Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Labour Party figures keywords:

Andy Burnham (2)

Charles Clarke (4)

David Blunkett (7)

David Miliband (4)

Ed Balls (5)

Ed Miliband (54)

Gordon Brown (105)

Jack Straw (20)

Jeremy Corbyn (498)

Jo Cox (3)

John McDonnell (99)

Ken Livingstone (16)

Michael Foot (4)

Patricia Hewitt (8)

Peter Mandelson (12)

Tony Blair (142)

Ken Livingstone


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 168, 28 July 2000: Stop the Health Rip-Off

Search site for keywords: Ken Livingstone - Militant - Working-class - Labour

Livingstone's humourless attack

LONDON MAYOR Ken Livingstone made the scandalous assertion last week, carried in some national papers and TV programmes that Tony Blair's inner circle was "like a mirror image of the old Militant Tendency". He added that "they have no life outside politics, they require total compliance with the line and they are devoid of humour."

This attack brought a forthright response to the press from Socialist Party General Secretary Peter Taaffe.

He said: "It's right that Ken Livingstone should criticise Tony Blair's inner circle of advisers who are responsible for promoting a right-wing anti-working-class agenda. But in doing so, he seems to have forgotten the reality of the past. Ken Livingstone spoke at many rallies organised by Militant (now called the Socialist Party) in the early 1980s, including a 3,000-strong anti-witch-hunt rally at Wembley, where Peter Taaffe, then editor of Militant, also shared the platform.

"Militant was one of the foremost forces in shifting the Labour Party to the left, which Ken Livingstone was one of the main beneficiaries of at the time. Then he rightly criticised Labour leaders for carrying out right-wing policies. Now, unfortunately, Ken Livingstone is in danger of carrying out similar measures to Blair by surrounding himself with Tory and Liberal advisers as Mayor of London.

"The only way he can 'distance' himself from the unpopular Blair is by launching snide attacks on his former allies. The charges that we are in any way comparable to the automatons of the Blair inner circle is risible.

"Our members are mainly ordinary working-class people who know how to combine political commitment to campaign for the interests of working-class people, while having a life and even being known to crack a joke or two. The biggest joke in all this is Ken Livingstone's silly comments."






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:

Ken Livingstone:

triangleLivingstone, Labour and anti-Semitism

triangleLivingstone's smear of Militant

triangleLivingstone suspension: 'Slow coup' against Corbyn.

triangleLondon elections: fight for an anti-austerity GLA

triangle2005: Jean Charles de Menezes shooting

Militant:

triangleLabour council Blairites deselected

triangleNew ebook: Liverpool A City That Dared To Fight

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

Working-class:

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

triangleSocialist Party Congress 2017 reports

Labour:

triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz

triangleTotnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts